WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 14 (Feb. 19th)


WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

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Becker College’s Kareem Davis capped an impressive four-year career last week by averaging 35 points in two games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): With the season hanging in the balance, Davis produced his most dominant week of the season, as he averaged 35 points per game with 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals and led the Hawks to back-to-back victories. The senior team captain shot 45.7 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc, and 85.7 percent from the line. In Wednesday’s 85-79 home win over Elms College, Davis set a school record for free throws, going 19 of 22 from the line on his way to 32 points with five assists and four steals as he rallied Becker to victory. Then on Saturday at Newbury College, Becker’s all-time leader in scoring poured in 38 points in a 115-92 route.

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Jordan Rose-Wheatley (Becker College | Fr.| Bedford, Mass.): Rose-Wheatley posted double-digit performances this past week, scoring 10 points in Becker’s win over Elms College and 11 in their victory at Newbury College on Saturday. For the week, the rookie shot 83.3 percent from the floor with 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | Soph. | Webster, Mass.): Davern finished the week with 40 points and 13 rebounds. He fell short of a double-double by producing 12 points and nine points in his team’s final road contest of the season against MIT before registering 28 points and four rebounds last Saturday in a 78-75 loss to Wheaton College.

Frantz Francois (Worcester State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.):  Francois averaged 10.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. Against Bridgewater State, the Boston native recorded a double-double of 12 rebounds and 11 points, while tallying a trio of assists and swipes in 36 minutes. Three days later against Westfield State, Francois recorded his second double-double for the week with 13 rebounds and 10 points, while also contributing three assists and one block.

Caleb Green (Holy Cross | Soph. | Londonderry, N.H.): Green averaged 16.5 points and 3.5 assists in a pair of games last week, while connecting on 59.1 percent of his field goal attempts and 50.0 percent of his three-pointers. He led the team with 19 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the field against Colgate University before adding 14 points and five assists during the Crusaders’ win over Bucknell University.

Devan Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Danvers, Mass.): Harris averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. He posted a double-double of 18 points and ten boards with one assist and two steals in an 82-77 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and one steal in an 80-68 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Colin McNamara (WPI | So. | Arlington, Mass.): Bolstered by a career-high 27 points Saturday against No. 8 MIT, McNamara averaged 17 points to go with six assists and a steal last week. In the mid-week game at Emerson College, the sophomore notched seven points and five assists.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged 22 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the AMCATs. The junior forward began the week with 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including three of four from the stripe, while adding 10 rebounds against Emmanuel College before posting 29 points and 13 rebounds in an 89-75 setback to Lasell College.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 14 (Feb. 19th)


WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


Brittany Herring netted a career-high 32 points last week against Westfield State while averaging a double-double in a pair of games. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Brittany Herring (Worcester State | Sr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She exploded for a career-high 32 points on 11 of 14 shooting this past Saturday against Westfield State while snatching 15 rebounds (her second-highest total of the current season) in an 82-77 setback. Three days earlier against Bridgewater State, she netted 18 points on 9 of 11 shooting, while recording seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in a 79-54 victory against Bridgewater State.

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Holy Cross first-year Oluchi Ezemma was

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Oluchi Ezemma (Holy Cross) | Fr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma matched her career-high with 10 points off the bench in a 64-61 Turnpike Trophy victory over Boston University this past Saturday, while also chipping in six rebounds. Prior to her impressive showing against the Terriers, she produced eight points and eight rebounds, along with two steals in a three-point win over Navy


Becker College’s Adrianna Dowdy is now the program’s all-time leader in rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Milestone: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy became Becker’s all-time leader in career rebounding this past Saturday, as she pulled down 13 rebounds in a heart-breaking 41-39 loss to Mitchell College. Dowdy, who entered the day with exactly 1000 career rebounds, passed former Becker great Dawn Fitzpatrick as Becker’s all-time leading rebounder. Dowdy pulled down her eighth board of the day off a defensive rebound with 1:11 to go in the second quarter, breaking Fitzpatrick’s old record of 1,007. Dowdy would snag five more caroms to bump her career rebounding total to 1,013.  As of press time, Dowdy is one of only nine active players in the nation with 1000 career points and rebounds.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Soph. | Blackstone, Mass.): Favaloro led the Cougars offensively with 31 points in a 1-1 week. She began the week with 10 points and three rebounds in a victory over Mount Holyoke last Wednesday before posting a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds in a setback at Springfield College this past weekend.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross) | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded a pair of double-doubles in a 2-0 week for the Crusaders. Against Navy last Wednesday, she chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds before posting 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 64-61 win over Boston University.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 13.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, five assists and 1.3 steals per contest in three games for the Falcons this past week. She collected ten points, six assists and one steal in a 66-39 setback to Keene State on Monday before adding 15 points, eight boards, four assists and three steals in an 89-61 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday. Marazzi concluded the week with 16 points, two caroms, and five assists in an 89-61 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday.

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Mass. High Schools: Somerville Hockey Returns To MIAA Tournament


The Somerville varsity boys’ ice hockey team is headed back to the postseason for the first time since the 2012-13 season. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Somerville boy’s ice hockey team is heading back to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state tournament, thanks to a 7-1 win last night over Everett on the opening day of the Mulloy Tournament.

With their six-goal win last night, the Highlanders improve to 8-6-5 overall to clinch the program’s first winning season since posting a 10-7-4 mark during the 2012-13 season.

Reaching the postseason has been a goal for third-year coach Kevin Wilson, who knew his team had a chance to clinch a playoff berth following an impressive 5-2 win last week over Hamilton-Wenham, which was highlighted by senior Chris DeSousa‘s 100th varsity point.

“They are all hard workers and have been busting their butts all week and all year long,” said Wilson when discussing his team’s desire to achieve its preseason goal of reaching the postseason this winter.

“This was a goal we all wanted,” he added.

Wilson came close to guiding the Highlanders to a postseason appearance last winter, but the Highlanders struggled down the stretch and finished five points shy of the 20-point mark, which would have secured them a spot in the MIAA D2 North Tournament.

One year later, Wilson and his crew are headed to the postseason, thanks to some impressive performances over the past few weeks.

Somerville is scheduled to compete against Essex Tech on Wednesday, February 20th in the Mulloy Tournament Championship – the game will be held at Allied Veterans Rink in Everett at 7 p.m. – before beginning hopefully a lengthy postseason journey next week.

Similar to Somerville, Essex Tech also secured a spot in the postseason last night with a 3-0 win over Northeast, which was highlighted by Chris Masta‘s 100th career point (two goals, one assist) in a Hawks uniform.

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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Feb. 18th)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

We head into the BIG conference tournament week with some movement, beginning with Hamilton College and Amherst College switching places in the top three spots, and Keene State jumping up two spots following their tenth win this past weekend over Eastern Connecticut.

Nichols College dropped one spot and must be careful heading into their conference tournament as the top seed. Wentworth Institute of Technology proved the Bison are beatable, but ‘Boys of Dudley’ should find a way to Saturday’s championship, thanks to its current 12-game winning streak.

Albertus Magnus has some serious momentum heading into their conference tournament, thanks to six consecutive victories, including an impressive 93-87 win this past weekend over Suffolk University, which is one of six teams on the rise this week. All six teams, including the Rams, have the potential to win their respective conference tournament.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Feb. 18th, 2019 

1. MIT

22-3, 12-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Hamilton College 22-3, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College 21-4, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. Nichols College 23-2, 15-1 CCC Last Week: No. 3
5. Williams College 20-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Keene State  18-7, 13-3 LEC Last Week: No. 8
7. Middlebury College 18-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Albertus Magnus  17-7, 9-2 GNAC  Last Week: Not Ranked 
9. Gordon College  21-4, 13-3 CCC Last Week: No. 7  
10. Eastern Conn.  19-6, 13-3 CCC Last Week: No. 10

On The Rise: Emerson College, New England College, Salem State, Suffolk University, UMass Dartmouth, and WPI 

Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four | Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine|Week 10| Week 11 

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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Feb. 18th)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to the BIG conference tournament week – the road the NCAA Division III Tournament has begun for some teams, but will officially begin for others tomorrow afternoon and evening.

By no surprise, the big three – Bowdoin CollegeAmherst College, and Tufts University – remain our top teams in the New England region, while Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) and Babson College continue to round out the top five positions.

Smith College, which delivered coach Lynn Hersey her 200th win this past Saturday, remains our sixth best team in New England followed by UMass Dartmouth (seventh), Middlebury College (eight) and Emmanuel College (nine).

Eastern Connecticut secured our tenth and final position – the Warriors enter their conference tournament with a lot of momentum and could be a tough out, along with Southern Maine and Rhode Island College.

Keep an eye on our team’s on the rise, including Endicott College, which secured the top spot in their conference tournament, along with Emerson College and Worcester State. Both Emerson and Worcester State could be sleepers in their respective conference postseason tournament.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Feb. 18th, 2019 

1. Bowdoin College

25-0, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College 23-2, 9-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
3. Tufts University 23-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine) 25-0, 12-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Babson College 21-4, 14-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Smith College 20-5, 13-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
7. UMass Dartmouth 21-4, 14-2 LEC Last Week: No. 8 
8. Middlebury College 19-6, 5-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
9. Emmanuel College 20-5, 11-1 GNAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Eastern Conn.  17-8, 12-4 LEC Last Week: Not Ranked

On The Rise: Emerson College, Endicott College, MIT,  Trinity College, and Worcester State  

Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three| Week Four|Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight | Week NineWeek 10| Week 11

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